Last week I published my second podcast episode, in which I interviewed Alex Krupp about his awesome projects.
I haven't seen crazy reactions from the community which is fine and expected, obviously (it is only second interview, after all). So, it did surprise me to see 111 downloads of our podcast.
I'm not sure where those come from, I've heard that some podcast apps download automatically, in any case it is somewhat encouraging to see this number.
I will keep going and will see what other milestones we can reach. For a list of published podcasts please see this page :) -> https://builtwithdjango.com/podcast/
Ever since I created the website, it has changed a bit. Today however, have done a lot of work on it. For some reason I had a huge inspirational/motivational day and a lot got done!
I'm not a show off, but I have to say that I'm proud what I was able to do with the site within a day 😍
🖋️ people can now add Job Postings themselves
💰 added Donation options via Paypal
🕵️♂️ improved SEO / meta tags drastically
✨ improved home page design
On the bad side, I do have to apologize for all the 404 pages you will get if you follow any of the old links Crying face had to update the url structure of the website.
Also, the reason I say almost is that I would ideally like to add a few more features to call this a fill 2.0. But I will leave those for another milestone.
Otherwise, it is good to go... check it out 👇
Another page is built. This time I have added a page where I list all the podcast episodes I have published. Each episode has some details, show notes and a transcript.
I use Transistor for podcast hosting, and they offer a very nice website, but I really wanted to keep everything in the house and publish on my own site (to get all the sweet, sweet SEO :) ).
Working on builtwithdjango is very interesting. The motivation and progress comes in waves. But when I do work on in regularly, it is crazy to me how much gets done.
I've heard someone say this on Twitter. The power you get from working on a thing consistently is crazy. This is something I'm trying to internalize and build a habit of doing.
Anyway... here is the link to the page -> https://builtwithdjango.com/podcast/
This might not be a milestone to many, but with my history, actually managing to publish this damn episode is an achievement.
I have recorded the second interview I while back (March 30th, 2020), but just couldn't get around to editing it and publishing. Recently I felt a new wave of motivation and productivity.
As you can imagine I don't get many downloads, but that is fine in the beginning of the journey. Hopefully I continue to publish and put myself and the project out there.
If you want to listen to the podcast you can check it out he:
This Saturday, why my SO was out with friends I decided to finally build a job board on Built with Django. The reason I procrastinated on this task is that I wanted to stream it, and this was very scary for me, plus I felt uncomfortable doing it in front of anyone (my wife).
Anyway, I managed to do a stream (recording link), and got it done. I have already added a few cool Django jobs, but will be adding more each day.
I have not yet "launched" this new feature, as I want to add a few more jobs before a get more pageviews.
Haven't updated my Indiehackers profile in a while. One reason for that is that there weren't many updates to share, to be honest. Well, that changed yesterday. I got 2 big updates to share with you!
I launched the podcast that I have been dreading to launch. This felt huge, because I was delaying this since the end of 2019. As you can see in the last milestone (exactly a year ago), I have recorded the fourth interview, but never managed to publish any of them.
Well, that changed yesterday. I recorded and edited an intro episode and am preparing to upload the first interview in the next couple of days. I plan to keep uploading once a week or two. Will see how it goes.
I added nice social features to the site, which allows registered users to comment on the projects. This is a natural extension of sharing cool projects with the community. Liking, commenting, sharing your opinion, is integral to any community. I'm happy to get this feature out the door.
As an added bonus, I've learned a lot while I was working on this.
The second half of 2020 and the first half of 2021 were not easy for me, couldn't get myself to work on my side projects. But ever since resetting myself in march, I had good progress on this app. The further path is now clear to me.
I will keep coding and improving the site with nice small features, which I have a backlog of. Keep interviewing makers in the community. Grow this site organically through building in public method.
A few days back I had my fourth interview with Cody, Maker of Armory Gaming (https://builtwithdjango.com/armory-gaming-gear). He was actually one of the first people to submit his project.
I certainly feel more confident talking to people and interviewing them. Slowly building up a list of questions to ask everyone. Also, making notes as to what can be done better. I can't wait to launch this thing. My goal is to prepare three episodes and launch. All of this has to be done by end of May.
The editing is the most painful part. It is actually not as hard as I thought, but it does take a while. Going through a 45-minute recording takes about 2-3 hours, if not more. This also assumes I am taking notes to post them as transcript / interview.
I love the process, I am slowly getting more & more into it. Excited to launch this thing!
Yesterday I spoke Taylor Dye of CashFlowCareers. It was a great conversation. I was very surprised by how many similarities we shared when it came to learning Python and building side projects.
We discussed both his experience learning Django and building his latest project, as well as plans for future projects. I hope some people will find this conversation useful!
So... This is my third interview (which is incredible). I promised myself to do three before starting the editing process. Now that this is done, it is time for some dreaded podcast editing. I am now going into prep mode.
I will be spending a good portion of my time preparing everything for the podcast launch. Recording intro episodes, finding good music, artwork, etc., etc. Wish me luck.
A couple of months ago I decided to make a podcast for builtwithdjango.com, where I will interview Django makers who submitted their work to the site.
Yesterday I recorder the second maker. Alex Krupp, creator of FWD everyone (https://www.fwdeveryone.com/) was kind enough to agree for an hour-long video interview.
As with the first interview, it was nerve-racking. However, I prepared more this time and felt that the conversation was a little better. Although, looking back I would make a couple of corrections. Hopefully, I will continue to record those interviews and improve.
Once I get the third interview I will go to the editing. I'm sure it will be a pain in the ass. But still, looking forward to it.
I finally set up a newsletter I am relatively happy with. I used EmailOctopus (an Indiehackers project) for list management and sending actual campaigns. It is not the best and ideal, but it is not overloaded with unnecessary features.
One of the issues I've had is the ugly sign up forms. To be clear, EmailOctopus does not solve that, but! This is the first service that provided an easy enough API for me to implement on my website. It was very easy!
I am in the process of writing a post about it. As of now, I am happy with EmailOctopus. I am excited to have dealt with all the setup and getting actual newsletter writing.
Django is extremely popular, but somehow there is still no directory of cool projects built with it. I hope to change that.